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December 2011

Dakota Lange Performs Well in Foot Locker West Regional Race

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/16/2011 - 08:26
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Pictured: Dakota Lange displays his finishing medal after running in the Foot Locker West Regional 5K.

Dakota Lange, a ninth-grade student at Payson Junior High, finished 14 out of 75 elite freshman and sophomore cross country runners in the Foot Locker West Regional Cross Country Championship. The event was held at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California on December 3 and featured elite runners from all over the western United States. Dakota completed the 5 kilometer course with a time of 17:25, averaging 5-minute and 36-second miles.

Commenting about the day, Dakota said, “I did a lot better than I thought I would especially since this course has some major hills. I ran this course last year and started off way too fast, so this year I kind of hung back and moved up on the hills; I think this strategy worked very well. I was really pleased with the way the race went.”

Dakota also commented on how well fellow runners from Utah performed in the race. “My favorite part of the day was seeing all the Utah runners doing so well. It was awesome!” said Dakota.




Pictured: Dakota Lange displays his finishing medal after running in the Foot Locker West Regional 5K.


Roah Kelly Wins Power Lifting Competition

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/15/2011 - 12:13
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Pictured: Roah Kelly, the winner of the Mt. Nebo Power Lifting Invitational.

On December 6, Roah Kelly, a ninth-grade student from Payson Junior High, won the local junior high power lifting competition. The event was held at Mt. Nebo Junior High, and students from Diamond Fork Junior High, Mt. Nebo Junior High, Payson Junior High, and Spanish Fork Junior High participated in the competition. Students competed by completing requirements in bench press, military press, pull-ups, push-ups, and the shuttle run. Preston Little, also a student from Payson Junior High, placed second in the competition.

Said Kelly about the competition, “The weights I lifted were what I normally do when I lift, so I was ready for the competition.”


Payson Junior High Students Pledge to be Buddies, not Bullies

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 12/12/2011 - 07:44
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Pictured: Mr. Curtis Burton’s third period class’s anti-bully themed door.

Payson Junior High students, under the direction of the school’s counselors, committed and entire week in November to focusing on being buddies and not bullies in their school. The counselors, with help from the school’s Peer Leaders, visited the school’s classes to kickoff the anti-bully week, delivering a powerful anti-bullying message to classmates. Homeroom classes participated in a door decorating contest, with classes focusing on anti-bullying themed doors; the competition was won by Lynette Ethridge’s third-period Biology class. The school’s counselors sponsored a Mix-it-up Lunch, which rewarded students with various prizes for getting to know classmates they didn’t know so well. And the week culminated with an assembly which featured Miss Utah, Danika Olsen, who provided an uplifting message for students about peer acceptance and other issues relevant to the lives of teens. 

Karanda Heimuli, a ninth-grade student at Payson Junior High, said of the week, “It’s good to point out how damaging bullying can be so we can focus on stopping it.” 

Savanah Gillies, also a ninth-grade student stated, “Bullying is an abomination that needs to stop!”

The students at Payson Junior high, collectively, seem to share these students sentiments as many committed to be bully-free into the future.



Payson Junior High School Performs The Hobbit

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 12/05/2011 - 14:40
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Pictured: Kathleen Morgan, a ninth-grade student and the assistant director of Payson Junior School’s production of The Hobbit.
Pictured: Payson Junior eighth-grade student, Maris Mortenson (Bilbo Baggins) and ninth-grade student, Brian Hoschouer (Smaug the Dragon) perform a scene from the school’s production of The Hobbit.

On November 18 AND 21, Payson Junior High students entertained audiences with three shows of The Hobbit. Students, under the direction of Melanie McKinlay, brought the J. R. R. Tolkein classic to life through theatrical performance and song. Students from each of the school’s grades (seventh, eighth, and ninth) were represented in the performance. Notable performances were provided by Marris Mortenson (Bilbo Baggins), Dallin Johnson (Gandalf), and Brian Hoschouer (Smaug the Dragon).

Melanie McKinlay, who works at Payson Junior High as the school’s drama teacher, had nothing but praise for all the students involved. She especially acknowledged Kathleen Morgan, the assistant director, who put so much time and effort into the rehearsals and production of the show. Regarding Morgan’s work as the assistant director McKinlay stated, “She was a tremendous help; I couldn’t have done it without her.” McKinlay also wished to thank all the members of the school’s faculty and community for their patience and help in making the production a success.   


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